Three Manila retailers caught in possession of cigarettes without the requisite internal revenue stamps, are charged for non-payment of excise taxes by the BIR

MANILA- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) filed separate criminal complaints with the City Prosecutor's Office of Manila against three (3) cigarette retailers for Unlawful Possession or Removal of Articles Subject to Excise Tax without Payment of the Tax, in violation of Section 263 of the NationalInternal Revenue Code of 1997, as amended (Tax Code).

Charged were SAMSON BARGAN SY of DONGNANYA MINI MART, KAREENE TAN VILLANUEVA of KEISHA MART, and HENDERSON A. JACLA of MIN-SHUN TRADING with business addresses at 825-827 Benavidez Street, Sta. Cruz, Manila, 778-780 Ongpin St., Sta. Cruz, Manila, and 975 Ongpin St., Sta. Cruz, Manila, respectively.

The three respondents, all registered taxpayers of Revenue District Office No. 31, Sta. Cruz, Manila of the BIR's Revenue Region (RR) No. 6, Manila, were the subject of covert surveillance operations during which they were discovered to have been selling cigarettes without the requisite internal revenue stamps as mandated under existing tax laws, rules and regulations.

Pursuant to separate Mission, cigarettes found not bearing the requisite internal revenue stamps were seized by investigators.

The corresponding Tax Information Sheets, Checklist of Violation Sheets, Apprehension Slips, and Inventories of Confiscated Products were issued by the raiding BIR enforcement officers. Photographs of the seized articles were also taken.

The appraised value of the contraband articles seized from the establishments of SAMSON BARGAN SY, KAREENE TAN VILLANUEVA, and HENDERSON A. JACLA are initially estimated to be at P182,400.00, P4,610.00, and P117,230.00, respectively. Their estimated basic excise tax liabilities based on the afore-cited appraised values were computed at P36,780.00, P1,530.00, and P18,300.00, respectively.

The cases against the three subject taxpayers were filed under the Run After Tax Evaders (RATE) program of the BIR under the leadership of Commissioner Caesar R. Dulay. They are likewise RATE cases of the Regional Investigation Division (RID) of Revenue Region No. 6, Manila.

Source: Philippines information agency

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